Liverpool’s season has started in the best possible way with four wins from four games. Although we haven’t been at our slickest in front of the goal, securing maximum points from four games with three clean sheets provides an impressive reading for the remainder of the campaign.
Signing Alisson has worked out well, despite his antics in the 2-1 win over Leicester City last time around.
We now have a vocal keeper who communicates with the back four. With Alisson and Virgil van Dijk, another loud person, we finally have players who are willing to scream at their teammates when they make mistakes.
More leaders equal more steel in the team
Liverpool didn’t have many leaders in their side a few years ago and by leaders, we mean players who were captains and vice-captains for their national teams.
If we look back at the Brendan Rodgers era, we would only list Steven Gerrard as the “leader” and even he was on the wane, barring that impressive 2013/14 season.
Luis Suarez was another player you could count on but that was about it.
The last two seasons have seen a lot of changes for the Reds. Jordan Henderson might have been demoted as vice-captain of the national side but he still seems to do more of a captain’s role for the Three Lions than Harry Kane.
We then have Andy Robertson, 24, who was recently named as captain for the Scottish national team. Virgil van Dijk leads the Dutch side while Sadio Mane captained the Senegalese side in a game at the World Cup.
We even have a captain who doesn’t get to start enough games for us and that is Ragnar Klavan.
The great thing about these leaders is that they are young and are willing to grow and get better in the years to come. All of them, barring Klavan, are 28 or younger and this could help us in the coming seasons.
Liverpool have often lacked players who can energize the team when things aren’t going right.
Steven Gerrard was brilliant at this but he couldn’t do it all on his own. That’s why we need people like Sami Hyypia, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano and even Pepe Reina as they could get things done by the team.
This Liverpool side is something similar, though the players haven’t all reached top billing yet. To be fair, that Rafa Benitez side won trophies while we are still some way from picking up silverware.
We have come close to doing so under Klopp but seem to be missing out something in the finals – possibly grit, determination and steel.
That is changing this time around, however, as our last three games were close ties against some banana skin opponents.
Playing away against Crystal Palace and Leicester City was never going to be easy but we won. This is something we have to build on and with four-five real leaders in the side, with other world-class signings too, Liverpool have more leadership now than I can recall.
Liverpool slap £15million price tag on out of favour veteran star – PL trio interested
Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds want £15million for Simon Mignolet
The 31-year-old has recorded just a couple of starts for the Reds this season. Mignolet played in the two domestic cup games for Liverpool but both ended in defeat.
The former Sunderland goalkeeper has been an excellent professional this season but has seen his time limited on the pitch because of Alisson. The Brazilian has been an incredible signing for the Reds and even won the Golden Glove in his first season.
Many clubs looking for goalkeepers in the summer
The Daily Mail adds that Watford, Bournemouth and the newly-promoted Norwich all in the market for a goalkeeper.
The 31-year-old is still a part of Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad and he needs to play regularly to keep his place in the team.
Mignolet has had his ups and downs at Anfield but no one can question his commitment to the side. The Belgian has always been supportive of the team, even if he isn’t playing regularly.
It will be interesting to see if we can get £15million for the Belgian. Liverpool have pulled off some incredible deals for players such as Jordon Ibe and Dominic Solanke in recent times, and the Reds will be tough negotiators in the upcoming transfer market as well.
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Liverpool also need to take a decision on who the No.2 would be for Alisson next season as we need a reliable back-up should the Brazilian pick up an injury or something.
Boost for Liverpool as reputed Spanish expert confirms Reds are in contact with Ajax star
Latest Liverpool news: Guillem Balague claims Liverpool are talking with Matthijs de Ligt
The Spaniard claimed that the Reds have “been talking to him” about a possible move (h/t Liverpool Echo).
De Ligt is one of the best players in the Dutch league and led Ajax to another Eredivisie title. The 19-year-old helped Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League but the team were knocked out by Tottenham.
Manchester City also in the running for De Ligt
The Liverpool Echo adds that De Ligt isn’t in a hurry to finalise his future.
There are several clubs interested in the centre-back, with Manchester City also interested in him after Vincent Kompany decided to leave the Cityzens (h/t Liverpool Echo).
Manchester United and Barcelona have also been linked with the Dutch defender (h/t Liverpool Echo), and the centre-back has done an excellent job alongside Virgil van Dijk in the national team.
The Reds had the best defence in the Premier League this season and conceded just 22 goals in 38 games. De Ligt would make a wonderful signing for the present and the future, however, the Reds already have a quality young defender in Joe Gomez.
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The Englishman’s playing time was cut short due to a fracture, while Joel Matip has done a brilliant job alongside Van Dijk in the heart of our defence.
“Best things come in threes” – Klopp confident of overturning personal record in the CL final
Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp confident ahead of Champions League clash despite finals record
Jurgen Klopp isn’t fazed by a third Champions League final despite not winning the first two.
The German took Borussia Dortmund to the final in 2013 but lost to Bayern Munich, and we lost last season to Real Madrid.
Klopp took Liverpool to the League Cup final and the Europa League final but we lost both of them. Howeer, the German isn’t worried about that record and spoke about his history of winning things on the third try (h/t LiverpoolFC.com):
“In Germany we have a saying: ‘All the best things come in threes’.
“At Mainz, I missed promotion twice and we got promoted in the third season. We hope that it will repeat itself for the Champions League. I think it’s quite cool, to be honest.”
The German added that this was his fourth European final and lauded the quality of the teams he had under him.
Klopp claimed that the away win over Bayern Munich was the best away game his team have played at the European level.
Klopp expects a tough game in Madrid
Tottenham will not be an easy side and Klopp did not expect anything other than a tough clash at the Wanda Metropolitano. The German wanted the Reds to call upon their experience from the season and backed the side to play good football:
“That’s what we have to do. We have to play the football we stand for. We have to play LFC football. That’s the plan, and then it will still be difficult, but it was difficult in all the other games as well.”
The Reds won both their clashes against Spurs in the Premier League this season but a Champions League final could see the best of the London side.
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Liverpool have to be wary of the threat possessed by Spurs but we have the quality to win the sixth Champions League crown.